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Old Listowel

Photo; Éamon ÓMurchú in Mount Usher Gardens


Old Listowel post card


Did you know?

Lord Listowel, who literally and figuratively “owned the place” once upon a time, insisted that all the houses in The Square should be three stories high. The Church of Ireland school, which was located beside St. Mary’s Catholic church could not afford to build the third storey. To comply with Lord Listowel’s orders they built a mock third storey with mock windows.


A Piece of Memorabilia

Violet Dalton shared this dance poster on Facebook. These dances which went on until the wee hours used to be locally known as All Night Dances.


New Shop on Church Street

Imara Edit began trading on Church Street on Saturday November 13 2021. It sells costume jewellery and accessories.


Another Emigrant Ballad

This ballad from The Shannonside Annual of 1958 seems to belong to a genre that was popular in this journal. Joe Harrington suggested that the air of My Eileen is Waiting for Me might be suitable for the last example I included.

Maybe they weren’t meant to be sung.


It’s Beginning to Look a Lot like…..




You’re Banned


John B. Keane dramas


  1. Kathy Reynolds

    The photographs by Éamon ÓMurchú are always excellent but I’m particularly enjoying those taken in Mount Usher Gardens. On our next visit to Ireland I might have to change our arrival to allow a visit to Wicklow.

  2. Éamonn Dillon

    Thanks, Mary, so much for your daily postings. I really look forward with keen interest to reading them every morning – and I always learn something! The picture in the postcard of Ned Walsh’s hardware shop in Church Street, where John Halpin’s Gun Shop and Military Museum were in more recent years certainly brought back memories. Ned was a distant cousin of ours; a fact which Ned regularly informed me of. Indeed Liam, my late father, told me that his own great grandfather lived in that very building. For anyone who lived in the town, 40 or more years ago, that image of Ned at the door in his brown shop coat would have been a very familiar sight! Thank you once again for the entertainment and memories!

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